For a very long time, foundation was my least favorite makeup item. Aside from some severe dark circles under my eyes, my overall complexion is pretty even, so foundation wasn’t always something that excited me. Plus, when you’re as pale as I am, foundation isn’t always your friend. I’m going to take you through my 4 favorite foundations from the drugstore, each with a different finish to fit your skin.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Matte: $12.99, 12 shades

Covergirl Ready, Set, Gorgeous: $7.99, 7 shades

Neutrogena Healthy Skin: $13.99, 14 shades

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-Glow: $12.99, 12 shades

Here the shades are watched next to a drop of The Body Shop’s Lightening Drops so you can see how they compare to something that’s nearly white.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-MatteFull coverage, 12-hour wear minimum. This stuff gives you no-joke coverage. If you have oily skin, this is your dream. If you have anything less than oily skin, make sure you moisturize well. If you need to make it a little less matte, this mixes beautifully with its sibling the Pro-Glow.

Covergirl Ready, Set, GorgeousMedium coverage, 8-hour wear. This foundation has a beautiful natural finish. What I love most is that when it does start to break up, it continues to look natural and doesn’t look like a hot mess.

Neutrogena Healthy SkinSheer-Medium coverage, 6-hour wear. This foundation is best for those that just want to add a healthy glow without a ton of coverage.

L’Oreal Infallible Pro-GlowMedium coverage, 8-hour wear…ish. With this foundation, I really notice that a primer makes all the difference. A good primer and this will last for 8+ hours. Don’t prime and you’re looking at only 6 hours.

All of these are the lightest shade, with the exception of the Covergirl. This is the second from the lightest. You can see that the L’Oreal are very neutral, with the Pro-Matte almost running slightly pink. The Neutrogena has a lot of yellow and the Covergirl runs slightly orange. Even if a foundation is a little off for you, just remember concealer can help turn things around and your look will come together once the rest of your makeup is done.

What’s your favorite foundation? Let me know down below!

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I’m the last person to board the Anastasia Beverly Hills Glow Kit Train. All of her Glow Kits are beautiful, but none have ever really stood out enough for me to buy. My normal go-to highlighters are Becca Opal, Champagne Pop when I’m a little more tan, and ColourPop’s Stole The Show. Since so many people were disappointed with the holiday Glow Kits I was a little nervous about this one, but something told me I had to go for it. Plus, Nicole sisters need to stick together.

I was lucky enough to snag this in stores before it launched thanks to an amazing associate at Sephora. I was so excited I didn’t even swatch it to test it out. I walked straight up to the counter and headed outside for a Boomerang. The packaging looks like cotton candy dumped in glitter. Sign me up.

In the pan, these shades look very glittery. I was nervous that they’d feel dry but these are some of the creamiest powders I have ever worked with. In most palettes there’s always one dud but all of these are buttery goodness.

I thought that Forever Lit would be my go-to shade but I’ve worn Forever Young almost every single day since I purchased this palette. To apply, I finish my makeup, generously apply my setting spray and then go in with my highlighter before it’s dry to really make everything pop. The other day one of my coworkers said she could see my highlighter from across the room – the highest compliment you can give a makeup junkie.

T-B: Kitty Kat | Forever Young | Daydream | Forever Lit | Glo Getter | 143

Kitty Kat and Forever Young are not as similar as they appear in the swatches. Kitty Kat has a touch more gold with a peach base and Forever Young has more silver with a neutral to cool base. Glo Getter and 143 are far too dark to ever be a highlighter on me but are stunning on the center of the lid.

In case you haven’t already figured it out, yes, the Anastasia Beverly Hills x Nicole Guerriero Glow Kit is absolutely worth the hype. If you can find a way to get your hands on it, run toward the register and don’t look back.

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I’m assuming that by this point, everyone has heard about the Tarte Shape Tape Concealer. Like so many others, I patiently waited for a restock and when it came, I called my Ulta that morning to ask if I should come ASAP or if I could wait until after work. “No, we have tons! Don’t rush,” said the kind employee on the phone. 8 Hours later I was looking at an empty display. I asked a sales associate if there were any in the back and he came back holding a box, looking at me like,

I originally thought I would be Fair but that was too grey on me. Light Sand is perfect.

I am not one of those people that wakes up looking like this. Let’s jump into some swatches:

I wanted to use The Body Shop Lightening Drops as the base so you could get an idea of how light the Light Sand shade is next to some other concealers I have.

Benefit Erase Paste – Fair: Currently on sale click HERE.

Maybelline Dream Lumi – Radiant: Obviously this concealer and the Erase past have a pinky peach undertone for correcting, but it gives you an idea of just how neutral the Tarte is.

Garnier Anti-Dark Circle Eye Roller – Light/Medium: This concealer has a lot of orange but once again, gives you an undertone comparison for the Tarte.

This concealer retails for $24 and comes in 14 shades. It has 10 ml of product.

Now, let’s apply:

Starting with just my foundation, I apply the Shape Tape under my eyes, down the bridge of my nose, and a little on the chin. As you can see, I’m working with some serious dark circles, so I like to add a touch of the Maybelline Radiant concealer in there to work on correcting while the Tarte conceals. I don’t like to layer as much as I do mix them together. Plus, it’s a time saver.

I apply this concealer with a small Real Techniques sponge. I don’t like how it looks when I use a brush and it definitly needs something beyond your finger to blend out seamlessly.

My friend asked if this concealer is worth it and I told her, “It’s like if a unicorn cried into a concealer to create magic.”

Lightweight, lasts beautifully, doesn’t cake up…what more do you want in a concealer? Maybe for it to be in stock…

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I’m currently in major cleanup mode trying to use what’s in my “extras” drawer in my beauty chest. I haven’t done one of these since April, so you can check out my last one HERE.

p.s. – whenever you see a product name, make sure you hover over it to check if there’s a link 🙂

Clinique Foaming Sonic Face Soap: This was a nice face wash but isn’t anything that I’d spend $20 on. I think a great drugstore version is the Basis Gel Face Wash.

Hourglass Illusion Hyaluronic Skin Tint: The color of this sample was way too dark for me so I was looking extra tan the day I tried this out. This foundation is very thin and lightweight. It wore pretty well on my skin and lasted through a long day outside shopping. I’m not sure if it’s worth $56 but if you get the chance to try this out, I think its definitely worth it.

Smashbox Photo Finish Primer: I went through a phase where I wasn’t wearing primer and when I used this one I felt transformed. This primer has a cult following for good reason. I didn’t like the Photo Finish Pore Minimizing Primer as much for some reason, so I’d go with the original formula.

Fresh Lotus Youth Preserve Face Cream: Fresh’s skincare is gorgeous. This and the Black Tea line are my favorites, but the Lotus line is much more affordable. The 1.6 oz. jar is $45, which isn’t too terrible for high-end skincare. Definitely ask for a sample of some Fresh skincare next time you are in Sephora.

Egg Mellow Body Butter: I’m trying to come up with a way to describe this other than, “IT SMELLS LIKE TAKING A HEAVENLY NAP ON A CLOUD,” but that just about sums it up.

Perricone MD Re:Firm: This product is described as a “surface recovery complex,” which I treated as a serum in my routine. I really enjoyed this product but right now I don’t think it’s necessary for my skincare routine.

Supergoop City Sunscreen: This sunscreen was nice, but I don’t think it was $42 nice. I was considering purchasing this for my trip to Florida but after some research I think I’m going to try the Clinique Pep-Start Sunscreen instead. This one is only SPF 30 versus the Clinique’s 50.

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Today I’m bringing you a quick review on the Wet ‘n Wild PhotoFocus Setting Spray ($5). Tati from GlamLifeGuru recommended this, so I thought I’d give it a whirl when I ran out of my Urban Decay All Nighter.

I used the whole bottle, quite reluctantly, so I’ll keep this short – this one is a pass. It has a grape scent, almost like grape medicine, so that was an automatic no. The mist is not as fine as the Urban Decay so I found that if I neglected to hold the bottle far enough away from my face, there would be visible wet spots. This setting spray didn’t do anything as far as keeping my makeup matte. If anything I felt like it added a glow.

After two days of using this, I immediately ordered the All Nighter ($31). Side note: have you seen the new packaging? Click HERE to check it out!

If you do want something from the drugstore, go for the L’Oréal Infallible Pro-Mist & Fix Spray ($14). I’ve used 2-3 bottles of this stuff and it’s great. Click HERE to grab the L’Oréal.

Hope this is helpful when you’re shopping for a setting spray at the drugstore!

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